Submitted by APS Bhangoo
My ancestral village is Rurki Hiran, it
is about 4 kms from Chamkour
Sahib (where 2 older Sahibzadas were martyred in
1704) in Ropar District. My grandfather was an
officer in Punjab Police during British Raj. There is
a cluster of 7 strong Bhangoo villages, which are closely tied together. The
legend is that our ancestors were Sardars of the Bhangi misl. About 200 years ago
Maharaja Ranjit Singh ousted them from the Majha tract. They got disguised as Aheers
and crossed the river Sutlej
and settled here. So bears the name of the village Hiran
from Aheer. In fact some use their last name as
Bhangoo-Hira or Hira.
However, I have to investigate about this story. Who were
our ancestors and how did they come here. I personally have no records of this.
The following are some of the villages from our cluster
& Hawara khurd
Bhangoo History in brief:
- It is
mentioned in “Tribes of Punjab and NWFP” by Rose based on the 1883 census
report of India
by the British that the Bhangoo tribe drives its name from eponym “Bhango”. He belonged to a ruling family of Nepal and he migrated to Punjab
more than a thousand (may be two thousand) years ago. Then the tribe
controlled the Jhang area till they were
dispersed by the Sials. This text also mentioned
that the Bhangoo tribe was also found in the Shorkot
important information that I read on the Internet and it is also posted on
http://www.bhangoo.com. It is in
reference to the Arabic accounts (of the 8th century Arab
Invasion) of Jatt tribes in the Sindh,
Bhangoo was mentioned as being one of them. This goes along with the above
theory that the Bhangoo tribe is present in the Punjab-Sindh
area from atleast around 1500 years. We need to
get and read this reference to prove this account.
- It is
conceived by some that Bhangoo Jatts are the
descendents of the powerful Bhangi Misl. One of the founders of this misl
was Hari Singh Bhangi,
who was a Dhillon from near Badni
in Faridkot. His descendents took over the
reigns of the Bhangi Misl
after his death. Now they are settled in Amritsar
District and they continue to keep their last name as Dhillon.
As the Bhangi misl was
powerful and famous, so some Bhangoo Jatt-Sikhs
might have wanted to get associated with it. Or is it possible that some
of the Bhangi chiefs were in fact “Bhangoo”.
Whatever the case is, we have to find the reality.
is aware of Shahid Mehtab
Singh, who rode from Bikaner
after he heard that Massa Rangar
is dishonoring Shri Harminder
Sahib. He went back to Bikaner with Rangar’s head. He is an ultimate example of courage
and bravery in Sikh history. He was a Bhangoo from Mirankot
His grandson Rattan Singh Bhangoo wrote the Prachin
Panth Parkash, which
is an invaluable contribution to Sikh history. Rattan Singh’s entire
family including father and uncles were Sardars
of the Shahedan Misl.
They are now settled in Jhari-Bhari near Khanna.
more personality that stands out from the rest is Major-General Shabeg Singh, a Bhangoo who is famous for his role in
Some other Bhangoo villages
village called Moran near Philaur is said to the
home of a famous Sardar family, Bhangoo by last
name and they served as generals in the Indian Army.
is cluster of Bhangoo villages in Sangrur
District, Rajpura area of Patiala distt.
- Bhanguan is a village in Fatehgarh
Sahib Distt, close to my ancesterol
village but not immediately related to our cluster.
- Rurka is a Bhangoo village near Mullanpur
is a Bhangoo village near Barnala (name not
are multple Bhangoo villages in Amritsar distt.